Nick Name: Dhanush
Birth Name: Venkat Prabhu
Date of birth: February 25, 1982
Venkat Prabhu is a popular Indian actor who appears in Kollywood films under the screen name Dhanush. At the age of 20, he made his Kollywood debut in the film Thulluvadho Illamai in 2002, which was directed by his brother Selvaraghavan. This movie was a surprisingly huge success and started his career in the industry. This was followed by Kadhal Kondein and Thiruda Thirudi (2003), both of which turned out to be successful at the box office. With these continuous string of blockbusters his salary skyrocketed to Rs.30 million per film.
However succeeding films tumbled one by one and his career seemed to be have come to a standstill until the release of Pudhupettai. His action venture Sullan (2004) started good but then turned out to be a box office failure. His other films Pudhukottaiyill Irindhu Saravanan, Dreams (2004), Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam (2005) did poorly at the box office. After a long spell of low-budget films, he came back with the Pudhupettai (Dhoolpet in Telugu) which was again directed by his brother but that flopped. However he came back with a blockbuster in 2005 with, Thiruvilayadal Arambam. His upcoming films are Parattai alias Azhagu Sundaram and Desiya Nedunchalai.